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It seems to us: We’ve lost an original, Schumer versus the ticket bots and a brighter Bailey

Now, this truly is the end of an era. Or, as the man himself once said: The future ain’t what it used to be.

Yogi Berra is gone.

There are people in life who somehow seem always to have been there and who are – or at least, ought to be – immune to the rules of mortality. They have made an imprint and seem for all the world to have become part of the landscape. The late folksinger Pete Seeger was one of those people. So was Mickey Rooney. And so was Lawrence Peter Berra, Major League Baseball catcher, manager and philosopher. Berra died Tuesday at the fine old age of 90.

Berra stood alone. Not everyone liked Seeger or Rooney. But try to find someone who has an unkind word to say about the man who knew that it isn’t over until it’s over, that you should never answer an anonymous letter and that you can observe a lot just by watching.

With that kind of common sense, he should have run for Congress. The country would have been better off.

People joke that U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer knows how to get attention. It’s true, and he did it again this week – in a way that someone should have done long ago.

Responding to the charade that was the public sale of tickets for Paul McCartney’s Oct. 22 concert in Buffalo, Schumer has unveiled federal legislation that would penalize the use of sophisticated robotic computer programs, known as bots.

These devices allow secondary ticket sellers to corner the market on tickets for such high-demand events as the McCartney concert.

Schumer’s bill would levy fines of $1,000 per ticket on both the bot users buying the tickets and the person who later sells a ticket knowingly bought that way.

Yes, there are more important things for Congress to worry about. Congress should pass this, anyway.

What a great idea for Bailey Avenue. In an effort to do for the dilapidated Buffalo street what a similar project did in Cincinnati, Ohio, volunteers are painting vacant buildings with faux doors, windows, awnings and more to brighten the commercial strip and, backers hope, attract investment in an area where more than half of 150 properties are in bad shape.

It could work and, if it doesn’t, the street will at least look a whole lot more inviting. Why not?